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Girls at the Center

Girls at the Center
Girls at the Center: Girls and Adults Learning Science Together
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Girls at the Center (G.A.C.) is a national collaboration to encourage family involvement in girls' science learning. The program, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, provides opportunities for girls and adult partners to investigate the world around them through inquiry-based, hands-on science activities.

G.A.C. recognizes the need for girls to receive equity, opportunity, and support in the world of science and technology. Through partnerships between science museums and Girl Scout Councils in thirty-one sites (and growing), G.A.C. is reaching local communities nationwide.

Girls Learning Science

Components of Girls at the Center

A Sneak Preview is a fun, hands-on introduction to G.A.C. that engages participants in science discoveries that build upon everyday experiences. This community-based event serves to build enthusiasm for participation in G.A.C., promote upcoming events, and cultivate girl/adult partnerships.

Discovery Days, held three times a year, are designed to cultivate collaborative science learning and questioning between the girl and her adult partner. Each event focuses on a different theme (structures, energy, habitats, communication, water, and sports) that is enriched by museum and community resources. These fun and innovative programs are held at the museum or at community-based facilities.

A Partnership in Learning

A girl will receive a G.A.C. Pack four times a year. Each pack includes at-home activities for the girl and her family designed to encourage active participation and interest in the theme of the upcoming event, and to sustain the partnership cultivated throughout G.A.C.

The Family ScienceFest is the culminating event of the G.A.C. year with excitement for the whole family! The girl's entire family is encouraged to share and celebrate in her science learning experience at the Family ScienceFest. It is a time for the girl to be placed "at the center" and to be recognized for her accomplishments. It is also a time for science to be showcased in a non-threatening, hands-on environment. Families and friends interested in the program are also encouraged to attend.

Investigating Science

Goals of G.A.C.

  • Build girls into confident, enthusiastic, and competent science learners and decision-makers.
  • Provide opportunities for girls and their families to do hands-on, inquiry-based science at home, in their communities, and in science museums and Girl Scouting.
  • Develop family awareness and ways for adults to promote, encourage, and support girls' math and science learning.
  • Provide older girls with opportunities for leadership and achievement in science and math.
  • Make science accessible to girls and their families in underrepresented communities.
  • Foster sustained participation in science by connecting girls and their families to community-based science resources, science museums, and Girl Scouting.

Experimenting with Science

Each of the following GAC Packs is in PDF format:
Celebrate Science
Science and Nature
Sports | Los deportes
Water | El agua

For additional information, contact Dale McCreedy at:
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call: 215.448.1092
Fax: 215.448.1219

For more information, visit Girl Scouts USA.

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